Album Remarks & Appraisals:
New York Voices - one of the premier jazz vocal groups at work today - team with Germany's acclaimed WDR Big Band Cologne for the vocal ensemble's first full live album and first release from Palmetto Records.
Helping to mark the group's 25th anniversary, New York Voices Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne presents new material and vintage favorites in richly colored big-band arrangements by lauded veteran Michael Abene. The live album resulted from a 2008 concert in Cologne, Germany, that was recorded as part of 20th-anniversary touring by the vocal quartet of Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Peter Eldridge.
Familiar material and Lerner & Loew's Brigadoon gem, "Almost Like Being In Love" sound fresh. It's the unexpected that makes things dynamic. A certain highlight is the finger-snapping, jazzy rendition of "Darn That Dream". Jens Neufang weaves an agile bass clarinet against the muscular arrangement, followed by Darmon Meader in an impressive display of scat singing. The inclusion of John Marshall on trumpet punctuates the jam with crispness. Throughout the performance, the overall chemistry is palpable and never ordinary.
Recording information: Kölner Philharmonie, Köln, Germany (05/17/2008).
Editor: Tobias Kiendl.